Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sierra Anderson - A Woman Competing in a Man's World

Although commercial fishing in Alaska is a male dominated industry, that hasn't stopped Sierra Anderson from embracing the challenge. She's worked her way up the ladder to become the only female to run a skiff boat in her fishery. It wasn't an easy feat and there are times when Sierra had to work twice as hard as the men for half the amount of respect.

Growing up, Sierra spent her winters in Colorado and her summers in Alaska. Her family has been in the business for five generations, so her passion for wild salmon fishing runs deep. She is an advocate for this great sustainable resource and has a sense of pride in feeding the world.

Other than Sierra's love for the fishing industry, what drives her desire to succeed in a man's world? The ability to make an excellent income in a short period of time is the main reason. It allows Sierra to have the seasonal lifestyle she enjoys and meshes well with another talent she has, being a video producer.

Combining her love of fishing and her passion for cinematography, Sierra wrote and produced the reality TV show Hook, Line and Sisters. The show focused on showing every aspect of the family business from the beginning to the end of a season. TLC aired a few episodes, but the target market was not a match for this creative and challenging outdoor show. Sierra's goal is to rewrite the story from her perspective and pitch the idea to an outdoor channel like Discovery.

When on the boat, Sierra spends her free time reading books that have a powerful, influential and  inspirational message. In the winter, you can find her skiing the mountains of Colorado. She is also an avid runner and keeps herself in great condition for the technical, mechanical and sometimes aggressive skills required to drive a skiff boat.

Sierra is driven by her desire to use her voice to encourage and inspire others, in an effort to affect positive change for women. She believes that if you are passionate and have a spirit for adventure, you can be successful in anything you do.

The fishing industry will always be a part of Sierra's life, whether it's running a skiff or marketing the health benefits of eating fresh Alaskan fish.

When asked what the immediate future holds, Sierra shared she will be a guest on the Ricki Lake show on October 10th.

In Part 2 of my interview with Sierra Anderson, she will share her experience appearing on the Ricki Lake show and what's next for this amazing role model.

Photos courtesy of Sierra Anderson

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Bachelorette Emily Maynard Episode 9

Life is a suite!

Fantasy Island. The plane, the plane!

Emily is looking at love 
in a more realistic way.

Her destiny is written in the sand.

Her biggest fear is sending 
the wrong guy home.
I think she did.

Will the Perfect Man Become the Perfect Husband and Father?

Watch out for the 
prickly cactus. 

 JP and Ashley music lures us
into the love triangle.

So does the date on a private island.

Emily's not interested in
being Sean's buddy. 

 Sean: Ummmm....I forgot what 
I was going to say???

Emily: Can you say awkward?

Water play to the rescue!

Touch the face, Sean. 

Afternoon delight.

Words from the heart
Written in female penmanship.

Hip hip horray! L-bombs away!

And the walls come 
crumbling down.

 Which earns the ever popular 
fantasy suite card.

We're staying on the main level, dear. 

Every fiber in my whole entire
body is saying stay the night.

Every fiber in my head is saying
 don't do it. Call it a night.

Come Sail Away With Me

The Love Boat
Soon will be taking 
another run.

JP and Ashley move. The smush.

If this works out, after
we could go meet my parents.

I feel like Jef gets me
in a way that nobody 
else does.

The return of the leg wrap.

The sun is setting but our 
whole life is just starting.

What is an amazing girl like you doing with 25 guys?

I can see you with me
when I make Ricki's
lunch in the mornings.

I would like nothing better than to unbridle these 
passions with you in the fantasy suite.

Let's totally hang like monkeys in a treehouse.

                            Will you be my bridle?

Who's That Catamaran?

I just love kissing Arie. 

Because its that good.

There's such a chemistry between us it's hard to even talk.

 All we want to do is kiss...and
kiss...and kiss.

Oh oh. Trouble in paradise look over dinner.

A kiss will make it better.

Well...maybe not.

No fantasy suite for Arie. 
At least not that we will get to see. 

So they'll show us more kissing 
outside the fantasy suite.

To make us think the date stops there.

Every rose has it's thorn...

Tough decisions. 
Who should I let go to be the next Bachelor?

The many faces of worry.

Jef is on first.

Arie is on second.

Sean struck out.

Say your final goodbye's.

I'm sorry. The producers had other plans for you, Sean.

Doh! I don't know if I can heal my
broken heart in just 3 months!